Gracefield School Limited, a private school in Oyarifa, Accra, has been sued for claimed negligence that put the health of a five-year-old student at risk.
The school is claimed to have served the student banku on June 24, 2021, despite the fact that he had corn or maize allergies.
As a result, the plaintiff, who is represented by Mr Charles Kofi Kwadam, is seeking GH150,000 in compensatory damages for the minor’s shock, bad health, and inconvenience.
The plaintiff is also seeking punitive damages from the school for endangering the minor’s life while knowing about his health condition. The plaintiff is also demanding GH1,634 in special damages for the expense of the minor’s medical treatment. The minor was registered at the School on April 23, 2021, and classes began on May 4, 2021, according to the court.
The minor’s mother stated in a statement of claim that she had informed the School of his allergies.
According to the report, the mother said on the admittance form that her son had allergic rhinitis, corn or maize allergies, and peanut allergies.
“As a result, prior to June 24, 2021, the defendant had provided the plaintiff with other food whenever the banku was served to other pupils for lunch.”
“Instead of giving the plaintiff with an alternate food, the defendant served the plaintiff with banku on June 24, 2021 at noon.”
He was allergic to it because it included corn or maize,” according to the statement of claim. Because the kid was hungry by noon, the court heard that he ate roughly six morsels of banku before the school’s lunchtime attendant switched it to a dish of spaghetti for him.
The minor fell asleep after school and awoke around 7 p.m. the same day, vomiting profusely, according to the court.
“Plaintiff vomited roughly 7 times between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.,” according to the statement of claim.
He was rushed to two different hospitals and admitted for several days, according to the court.
“He was believed to have had a lot of bodily aches, and the vomiting had left him dehydrated and weak.” Again, “Emotionally and psychologically, he suffered,” the statement of claim stated.
His issue was reportedly brought to the attention of the school’s administrator and class teacher, who pledged that “they will not repeat that error again.”
The Plaintiff, on the other hand, claimed that the School had done nothing to ameliorate his injuries or compensate him for his bodily pain, anguish, and grief.
In its statement of defense, the School refuted some of the plaintiff’s claims.
The defendant claimed that since the plaintiff’s admission to the School, its officers had always followed the (plaintiff’s) mother’s directions and that the School had never failed to follow instructions related to “his allergies.”
“…At no point throughout the day in question did any of our officers make banku available to the Plaintiff in place of any other meal to which the plaintiff is not allergic.”
According to the defendant, on June 24, 2021, the Plaintiff brought snacks to school and ate them around 10:00 a.m. before lunch was served at 11:00 a.m., indicating that he could not have been hungry at lunchtime.
The minor was only offered pasta in sauce at lunchtime, according to the School.
The kid ate the rest of her food that he had brought from home after lunch, according to the defendant, and he showed no signs of sickness, weakness, or allergic reaction while at school.
The School further claimed that any substance discovered in the kid’s vomit might have been any chewed material, and that it did not “provide or make available banku” to the minor.
The defendant claimed that the child’s family had been making false and unjustified charges against the School, which was unreasonable, and disputed all of the claims, claiming that the minor was not entitled to any of his claims.
The Plaintiff was cross-examined, and the case was rescheduled for July 15,